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Friday, March 14, 2008
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
Research - it can be tough, but someone has to do it. On Vida's instructions I rushed myself down to Max Brenner this evening, along with my little brother (research assistant) to sample some of their signature products. The venue of choice for this occasion was their Glen Waverly store, at The Glen Shopping Centre. There is also a Max Brenner at Highpoint, Melbourne Central, QV and a number of branches across Sydney.

As soon as you walk into Max Brenner the smell of chocolate immediately hits you. There is a well of it near the entrance and products everywhere, in liquid and solid form. Max Brenner is a serious chocolate house and seriously good chocolate treats are what they do best. Their philosophy is that chocolate portrays romance, sensuality, passion, addiction, prestige, warmth, sex, love and nostalgia. Chocolate is seen as a culture, rather than a simple taste and the stencilled sign below speaks for itself.

As we arrive I have a look at the menu board. I quickly know that we want the waffles and the souffle, and to drink I must have a hot chocolate, which is available in a variety of forms, and for the r.a. it is an iced frappe. Here's a quick wrap up of our goodies.

Italian Milk Hot Chocolate: available in milk/ white /dark ($5.50): This sinful caraffe of hot chocolate is almost like drinking pure chocolate. It is so thick, creamy and sweet: such an indulgence.

Whipped Milk Chocolate Frappe ($7): This is also extremely rich and chocolatey. A nice cool drink.

Chocolate Souffle ($9.50): Wow - this is really something. Max Brenner's signature delight is this small pillow, which lies in the middle of the plate drizzled in milk chocolate. It is so rich and decadent. As you break into it the centre oozes with warm white chocolate. You take a bite and it just melts away in your mouth. So very rich, but so very good.

Tutti-frutti waffles ($16): Two perfect Belgian waffles warmed under the grill are served covered with warm melted chocolate, along with sliced bananas, strawberries and a scoop of excellent white chocolate ice-cream. Seriously yum, but trying to demolish two of these is no easy task.


So if you really feel like chocolate it is pretty hard to go past Max Brenner. Just be mindful that their treats are extremely rich and decadent - ordering a hot chocolate AND dessert here is simply too much, even for a sweet tooth like myself. I left rather overwhelmed and feeling like I had consumed much more than I actually did.

Recommended: excellent desserts in a nice setting, but for the best hot chocolate I still cannot go past Koko Black. Review coming soon.


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At March 15, 2008 at 12:51 AM, Blogger Agnes said...

I agree that Koko Black have the best hot chocolate! Looking forward to seeing your Koko Black post. :)

At March 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Blogger stickyfingers said...

There is also a Max Brenner in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. I too felt overwhelmed the first and last time I ate there. Their well thought out merchandise makes good presents though.

Koko Black definitely is more my style. I love sitting upstairs at the original shop and watching the people below in the arcade whilst cruising a delectable chocolate platter.

At March 15, 2008 at 8:40 PM, Blogger Jon! said...

mmm. Looks like Koko Black is a favourite. Their hot chocolate is the best and sitting there with a chocolate platter is definitely a real treat. Koko Black's truffles and gift packs also make great gifts.

At March 15, 2008 at 11:39 PM, Blogger stickyfingers said...

Actually I'm also a huge fan of Cacao in Fitzroy Street, St.Kilda - especially at Easter where I love to buy up their delicious chocolate animals in the cute wooden crates with perspex covers. They also sell pastries from Noisette in Port Melbourne, who in turn sell their chocolates and I think use their couverture in the delicious hot chocolate.

At March 17, 2008 at 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer San Churro to Max Brenner. Their chocolate tapas is to die for! Am yet to try Koko Black, but it seems I must.

At March 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Blogger Jon! said...

mmm. Some more ideas for me to try. On my way to Koko Black now for more research and to get some photos for my review.

At September 8, 2008 at 10:18 PM, Blogger ms s loveridge said...

Chocolate Brownie is the way to go in Max Brenner...

At December 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Anonymous Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar said...

I love the chocolate in Max Brenner, especially the Chocolate Brownie. Awesome!

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